Torch relay ready to mark the start of Roses 2012

The 2012 Roses tournament will kick off next week with a torch relay from York to Lancaster, an event which organiser Chris Unsworth has described as an initiative which “truly represents the theme of Roses this year; participation.”

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The relay will see a newly designed Roses torch carried around York’s campus by influential figures in York Sport, College Sport and RAG before being taken on a cycle relay to Lancaster, where the 2012 tournament will begin on Friday.

The initiative was designed to coincide with the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic games which will take place in London in July and August.

The relay will begin on Thursday, May 3, with the following people carrying the torch around campus –

York Sport President Sam Asfahani will start the relay at the sports centre.

2011 Roses Player of the Year and current Men's Cricket 1st team captain Andrew Kirkwood will take the torch through the lounge and James College

BUCS medal winning fencer Louise Highton will run through Wentworth and Biology.

Megan Philips will take the torch through Vanburgh College, V bar and Vanburgh paradise.

Alcuin College Rugby start Liam Haeburn-Little will take the torch through Alcuin and to Central Hall.

Langwith JCRC member Will Handley will take the torch to the Courtyard and through the Quiet Place.

Andrew Wallace will take the torch through Halifax college and to JJs.

Joe Boughtflower (2010/11 Derwent JCRC sports rep and Derwent Football 1sts) and Jamie Criswell (College sport MVP and Derwent Rugby) will carry the torch through Derwent, D bar and down the road heading towards Heslington East.

Goodricke College JCRC members Tom Merriman and Chris Taylor-Haywood will take the torch through Goodricke College into the Hub.

York Sport President Elect Charlotte Winter will end the relay by taking the torch up to the new Sports Village.

The cycling route will take place on Friday, May 4 and will see a further 12 influential members of the York Sport Community cycle 10 miles each along ‘the way of the Roses’. They will be further aided by members of the University of York Cycling Club. The following people will take part in the cycling leg of the torch relay –

Richard Bremner (President University of York Rugby Club 2009/10)

Shadyn Nikzad (President of University of York Netball Club and York Sport Events and Fundraising officer 2011/12)

Kay Masterson (York Sport Tournament officer 2011/12)

Tess Webb (University of York Netball)

Ayesha Cotton (James College sport woman of the year 2010/11)

Sophie Gorman (University of York Swimming and Water Polo Club)

Yaroslav Magnus-Hamblett (University of York Swimming and Water Polo Club)

Chris Unsworth (Services to Sport 2010/11 and York Sport Development Officer 2011/12)

James Croydon (Student Activities Sabbatical officer 2011/12)

Laura Macfarlane (University of York Rowing)

Catherine Oliver (University of York Rowing President 2011/12)

Chris Menon (University of York Lacrosse President 2012/13)

Read more about the student's winning design for the torch and preparations for the Roses Relay here.

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